Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
THE most specialized cqb folder PERIOD
Spyderco makes no apologies or excuses for this knife. It's only purpose in life is to cut flesh. It is NOT an EDC blade in the context of opening mail, cutting tomatoes or cleaning your fingernails. It IS a pure, unadulterated close quarters combat weapon (also good for cutting fresh flowers from the garden like a little sickle, though... 'Honey, where did you put my Civilian...?'). I have carried one for strictly defensive use for years ( I've owned an original Tuffram/Kraton version from new; now a collector's item.). My newer G10 version has been deployed on two occasions. On BOTH occasions, the aggressors stopped IMMEDIATELY upon my deploying the Civilian. It would seem that the criminal element also understands that anyone arming themselves with such an instrument has clear understanding of it's use and is prepared to indulge it's attributes. While certainly NOT an EDC blade in the normal context, for those of us that have a need for such an implement, the Civilian stands alone. I carry one daily for use ONLY as it was intended. My wife carries one daily for the same purpose. Are they used often? Absolutely NOT. Would I want something else when needed for what they were intended? Absolutely NOT. Buy it (and carry it) for what it IS; the single most purposely built folding close quarters extraction knife ever made. Thank you Sal Glesser and Spyderco, Inc, for saving my a__ not once, but twice, with no blood shed.